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Old 02-18-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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Ticket while towing on I-5 in California?

Just returned from a 2000+ mile trip from Salem Oregon to southern California. I noticed I-5 speed limit in California for trailers is 55 mph. In Oregon it's 65 mph, just like cars. Lots of highway patrol cars passed me while I was going 62 in california. I was never stopped. Seemed to me that they cared more about over 65 mph drivers. Has anyone been ticketed under 65 mph on I-5 while towing in California.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:06 AM   #2
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California is financially broke, They need the money and speeders are an easy buck.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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My UHaul instructions say to never tow above 45 mph. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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Last summer on a 20 mile stretch of I 94 in Wisconsin I counted 11 vehicles pulled over by law enforcement (Highway Patrol , County Sheriff , Local Police) NOT one of these 11 vehicles had Wisconsin plates ! Maybe it was just a coincidence ? All the states need money not just California. I just set my cruise at 2 miles under the speed limit and hope for the best
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:41 AM   #5
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As long time trailer towers in Cal I will say I have only seen a CHP pull over a travel trailer once and they were doing about 70. I hear that down by Glamis they are more strict because of all the overweight toy haulers. We usually run between 55-65 depending on conditions. Now that I have said that next time we are cruising at 65 we will get pulled over.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:44 AM   #6
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I hope for safety sake you never make it to west Texas where the speed limit is 80 mph and 70 and 75 on the two lane hwy's.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:32 PM   #7
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Here's the trick to avoid a ticket in CA-get yourself between 2 semi's and maintain their speed(which is always above the 55 limit!).

Watch out if your ever take the gorge thru Arizona between UTah and Nevada. I have seen as many as 6 patrol cars in that 15 mile stretch-pulling everyone over!
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My UHaul instructions say to never tow above 45 mph. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

I have always woundered about that.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:08 PM   #9
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I hope for safety sake you never make it to west Texas where the speed limit is 80 mph and 70 and 75 on the two lane hwy's.
Fortunately for safety sake there is no law that says you actually have to go that fast .... I asked a state trooper about that this summer
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But if you can, why wouldn't you?
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:17 PM   #11
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But if you can, why wouldn't you?
Because I don't want too! I realize as I got older that my response time is not the same as it was when I was 20 .I have never felt comfortable driving 80 MPH and especially now at my age. I would rather take a little longer to get to my destination than driving with white knuckles and endangering my family as well as yours. You are welcome to drive at whatever MPH you desire just be careful when you pass me I 'll be doing 60 MPH. I know my limitations!
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LOL Dave this summer I was on a two lane road that in our neck of the woods would have had no more than a 50 km on it - windy along a lake - posted speed limit 75 mph. Funny thing was I was clearly not the only one not doing that & not while towing to boot. I stopped for gas and one of the locals told me it was the states (Montana) way of saving money they only have to make and put up one side - no one has to keep track of what the different speed limits are in different areas -saves paper work he said! We had a good laugh.
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We've driven on two lane,paved Texas Farm Roads that were posted at 70 MPH, not that one would ever be stopped because you hardly ever see a trooper or police officer on them. I don't believe there are any roads in NH posted at 70 MPH, even Interstates.

I guess it's simply that people have to cover large distances in Texas, there's little traffic and it works for them.
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I travel that section between UT and NV frequently. It is a dangerous stretch of road. I'm thankful for the patrolling. If I ever have car trouble, it's nice assurance that help is not far away.
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